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What's on in Kent in October?

PUBLISHED: 10:47 01 October 2019

Dracula: a gothic ballet with dramatic bite at The Marlowe, Canterbury (photo: Guy Farow)

Dracula: a gothic ballet with dramatic bite at The Marlowe, Canterbury (photo: Guy Farow)


Our selection of top events and diary dates for this month in Kent


- A Taste of Honey (1 to 5 Oct)

An exhilarating depiction of working-class life in post-war Salford. When her mother Helen (Jodie Prenger) runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with Jimmy, a sailor, who promises to marry her before he heads for the seas. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of surrogate parent, until he sends for Helen and their unconventional set-up unravels.

Tickets: £15 to £47.50. Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


- Chekhov's Shorts (4 Oct)

Chekhov's tales, adapted and directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, remain as memorable as ever. Performed by a company of five and featuring original live music, this is an exhilarating romp through some of his best stories.

Tickets: £8 to £13. Midkent College Medway


- Dracula (9 to 12 Oct)

This October Kent will be visited by one of literature's most sinister creatures, Count Dracula, thanks to Northern Ballet. Based on the Bram Stoker novel that has seduced countless generations, this timeless adaptation is a gothic ballet with dramatic bite.

Tickets: From £12.50. 01227 787787. Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury


- Girl on the Train (14 to 19 Oct)

Rachel Watson (Samantha Womack) longs for a different life. Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it seems... A thrilling mystery to the very end.

Tickets: From £22.50. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley



- That's Amore (4 Oct)

The classical vocal trio Tenors Unlimited will perform their new show, That's Amore, with a local choir from St John's Church of England Primary School. The trio has performed alongside such notable stars as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets: £22; £21. 01892 678678. Trinity Theatre, Tun Wells


- Musical-thon (5 Oct)

Enjoy a full day of music from choirs, pianists, violinists, guitarists, groups, soloists and bands. Food and drink will be available on the day, along with a raffle, tombola, guess the name of the teddy, cakes to buy and much more. All proceeds in aid of the Heart of Kent Hospice.

Tickets: Contact organisers, Grove Green Community Centre, Maidstone


- Nine Below Zero (5 Oct)

It's 40 years since Nine Below Zero first offered a rhythm & blues alternative to the punk-pop of the mainstream. Now the south Londoners hit the road for their 'Are We There Yet?' tour.

Tickets: £17.50. 01322 291100. Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford


- Buddy Holly Story (8 to 12 Oct)

This multi-award-winning West End show first opened in 1989 and returns to Kent as part of its landmark 30th Anniversary Tour. A cast of highly talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly's story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Tickets: £27.50 to £35.50. 01322 220000. The Orchard Theatre, Dartford


- Grease (8 to 12 Oct)

After a whirlwind summer romance, greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life? Bursting with hits including Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin', and You're the One That I Want, this new version is bought to life by a fresh young cast.

Tickets: £22 to £45. 020 3285 6000. Churchill Theatre, Bromley


- Jackson Live (12 Oct)

Recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all of the classic songs, CJ and his team expertly capture the electrifying energy of Michael's live performances.

Tickets: £23.50; £22. 01634 338338. The Central Theatre, Chatham


- Peter & The Wolf (20 Oct)

This engaging family concert is a perennial favourite and suitable for all ages. It is a wonderful way to introduce classical music to younger children while also entertaining the adults. The production features a live wind quintet.

Tickets: £13.40. 01303 228600. Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone


Out and about

- Apple & Cider Fayre (5 and 6 Oct)

Celebrate the annual apple harvest with entertainment, live music and the chance to buy from around 35 varieties of apples on display throughout the weekend, some dating back to the 1500s. Don't forget to pick up a free apple cookbook featuring some old-fashioned favourites.

Tickets: £8.25 to £32.95. 01622 763936. Kent Life, Maidstone


- Reflect Gravesham (11 to 13 Oct)

This spectacular weekend of sound, light, music and art in Gravesend will bring together regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing. While admission is free for all events, tickets are available now for sessions that have to be booked.

Tickets: Contact organiser. Various, Gravesham


- Moonlit Walk (12 Oct)

Take on this fun evening eight-mile walk to remember loved ones or to support the work of your local hospice. The circular walk, starting in Aylesford, takes you through Larkfield and Leybourne, stopping at the HOKH West Malling charity shop for refreshments before a lantern-lit cross-country mile back to base.

Tickets: £10 to £140. 01622 792200. Heart Of Kent Hospice, Aylesford


- Bagpuss Fun Run (13 Oct)

Hospices of Hope's first Bagpuss Fun Run takes place at Tonbridge School Centre. Choose either a 5k or a 2.5k distance. The charity's mascot, Bagpuss, will be taking part in the shorter run. He will be bringing his friend, Lizzie Mouse.

Tickets: £12.50; £35 (advance). 01959 525110. Tonbridge School Centre


- Real Ale & Cider (18, 19 and 20 Oct)

West Kent CAMRA's beer and cider festival returns to Tunbridge Wells for the ninth year. Live bands will entertain as visitors enjoy some of the 160 real ales, 25 green hop beers and craft beers on offer. You can also take a heritage train journey between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge, when there will be chances to enjoy local brews on board.

Tickets: £10 (entry; £20 (adult); £10 (child) train fares. 01892 300141. Spa Valley Railway, Tun Wells


- Canterbury Festival (19 Oct to 2 Nov)

Returning with a must-see programme of music, performance, talks, family events and much more, Canterbury's annual celebration of the arts brings together a programme that is packed to the brim with global stars, emerging local talent and stunning live performances.

With venues including Canterbury Cathedral, The Marlowe Theatre, Kent College's newly built Great Hall and the spectacular touring Salon Perdu Spiegeltent; Canterbury's most ambitious festival unifies the city's cultural hubs and invites audiences of all ages and backgrounds to be inspired, delighted and stunned.

Tickets: Various. 01227 457568. Various, Canterbury

- Sevenoaks Lit Fest (until 3 Oct)

Bringing together readers and authors, the Sevenoaks Literary Festival attracts audiences from far and wide. This year's programme includes appearances by Celia Brayfield, Harriet Goodwin, Henry Hemming, Thomas Harding, Diana Henry, Julia Lovel, Andrew Lownie, Chris Mullin, Adam Nicolson, Lemn Sissay and Kate Williams.

Tickets: Various.


Out and about

- Broadstairs Food Festival (4 to 6 Oct)

Now in its 11th year, this festival is a much-loved celebration of regional food and drink, demonstrations and workshops, as well as providing some events for the younger ones.

Tickets: Free. Victoria Gardens, Broadstairs


- Poetry Day (4 Oct)

To coincide with the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's first visit to Penshurst Place, see history brought to life as his six wives descend on his former home. The period costume group from Tudor Legacies will perform Six Wives in the Baron's Hall and wander the house and grounds in character to talk about what life was like as Henry's wife.

Tickets: Contact venue. 01892 870307. Penshurst Place and Gardens


- Tonbridge Talks (4 to 6 Oct)

This new annual festival aims to inspire, challenge and entertain. The focus is on the environment and there will be a range of speakers (including BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and TV presenter Steve Backshall and poet and writer Anthony Wilson), performances, writers and workshops.

Tickets: Various. 01732 304241. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge


- House of Faces (10 Oct)

Comedian and impressionist Luke Kempner, who has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, The Imitation Game, The Royal Variety Performance, The Week That Wasn't, Murder in Successville and radio's The Now Show, hosts the ultimate no-limits reality show.

Tickets: £17. 01892 678678. Trinity Theatre, Tun Wells


- Puppetry Festival (11 to 13 Oct)

Tunbridge Wells' third Puppetry Festival brings three days of shows, talks, exhibitions, workshops and street theatre from local, national and international artists. It covers everything from giant trees to Moomins and aerial acrobatics.

Tickets: From £5. Various, Tunbridge Wells


- Garland workshop (16 Oct)

Under talented local florist Anna Evans of Anna's Country Flowers' expert guidance, you'll design and create your own autumn garland, using a selection of dried and fresh foliage, decorative accessories, seeds and berries.

Tickets: £49. 01227 209300. Neptune, Canterbury


- Cathedral Collections (28 Oct)

Your afternoon starts with a talk by Dr Chris Price, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and a member of the Cathedral Choir, on the music collections of the Cathedral Archives and Library. Afterwards, enjoy a full afternoon tea in the Refectory Restaurant at the Cathedral Lodge.

Tickets: 01227 865350. Canterbury Cathedral


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